Online Store 2.0 empowers merchants with expanded customization tools and page-specific enhancements. Announced at Shopify Unite 2021, this is "the biggest and boldest upgrade" for the platform and offers a whole new experience for merchants. To take advantage of all Online Store 2.0 has to offer, a compatible theme version must be in use.
- Is My Theme Compatible With Online Store 2.0?
- When Will Compatible Themes Become Available?
- Why Does My Theme Editor Look Different?
Is My Theme Compatible With Online Store 2.0?
Flex, Parallax, Mobilia, Responsive, and Artisan are not fully compatible with Online Store 2.0. Fortunately, this only means that the expanded features announced for the platform upgrade are not accessible until a compatible theme is set up in your store. All pre-2.0 theme features should be unaffected by the transition, but new 2.0 features may not function.
When Will Compatible Themes Become Available?
Shopify's deadline for all theme developers is the end of 2021, but we will be releasing compatible themes well before then. Compatible themes are accepted by the Theme Store starting in early August, so merchants can expect initial releases by end of summer.
Can I Use the Theme Updater App to Update to an Online Store 2.0 Theme Version?
The Theme Updater App is only able to preserve global theme settings (e.g. Colors, Typography). Content such as home page sections will need to be rebuilt. This is a one-time process that is required to align with new templating standards and maintain theme performance.
Why Does My Theme Editor Look Different?
Many merchants have already transitioned to the new theme editor interface (Customize). This is an automatic platform change and cannot be reversed. Pre-2.0 themes can still be customized using this editor, but there are some key differences to note: